Fruit trees are cheap in the long run, easy to care for, and after a bit of patience, fun to harvest. Ours are grown here in the UK on the best soils for each group, so that they develop strong root systems that will establish rapidly. We select virus-free rootstocks and budwood from our stock plants for our experienced crew to graft together, and later we pick out the best plants to deliver to you.
To add colourful interest to a new fruit orchard while you wait for it to become productive, a cheerful range of garden bulbs between your trees is a sure bet.
Most of our fruit trees are sold in more than one size, so you can find something here to fit almost any garden. You can browse our soft fruit bushes here.
All fruit trees are available as one-year-old maidens, the basic "building block" from which all mature tree shapes are produced.
Our two-year-old trees are pruned either a "bush", with a short trunk, or half-standards, which have a taller trunk and can grow to 4.5 metres. We also grow several suitable varieties as a cordon.
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Choose varieties that will grow well in your soil and local conditions. Talk to your neighbours, read our fruit tree descriptions, and call us if you have any doubts. Next, choose shapes where the final size fits the space you have. For most normal town gardens, a tree prepared as a bush (i.e. with a short trunk) is the most convenient size, while a half standard is a proper orchard tree that will reach around 4 metres and spread out much more.
One-year-old maidens are the cheapest way to buy a fruit tree, and they are used for any type of training like fans, espaliers, and cordons. Selected varieties are available as ready-made cordons. Have a look at our advice pages for more details.
Remember that most fruit trees need a pollination partner and, with a few exceptions, almost all fruit trees, including self-fertile ones, will carry heavier crops when cross-pollinated by another compatible variety. Have a look at our pollination checker for more details.
Fruit direct from your own trees always tastes better than the irradiated, cold-stored and sanitised stuff sold in supermarkets.
Plant fruit trees in the same way as any other tree, as in our video here. Plant your fruit trees in well-prepared, wide holes, using a good planting mix, a good stake and a strong tie. Water them regularly in dry weather.
Prune with sharp, clean tools to remove dead, diseased, damaged and crossing branches at any time. Do other pruning in winter, except on stone fruit like cherry and plum (Prunus species), which should only be pruned in summer when it's dry.
Practise good hygiene by removing leaf litter and fallen fruit: it is safer to burn this than compost it, unless you are certain that your compost is well run, getting really hot, at least 65C, and being turned over as required.
Keep weeds at bay with mulch. Protect your fruit trees from pests and diseases. We always recommend that you plant bare-rooted fruit trees. This should be done between October and March. Here are more advice pages, or take a look at our planting and pruning videos.
Remove the first fruit: While it is not essential, your trees will establish faster if you remove their fruit buds after flowering in the first and second years that they do flower. After that, if a young tree makes a lot of fruit, thin the crop so that branches don't bend, which is bad, or snap, which is a minor disaster in terms of how quickly you have a productive, mature tree. Patience pays off, and what you really want to grow in the first few years are the roots and the branches.
To get fruit quickly, a good strategy is to plant soft fruit bushes around your young fruit trees, especially if you are planting an orchard. Soft fruit canes like raspberries are easy to lift and move in winter, and strawberries are propagated by runners, so after five or so years, when your fruit trees are getting big and casting more shade, you can redeploy your soft fruit elsewhere, pot it up, or give it to your neighbours.
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